An armed vigilante, guilty at causing the death of an undercover cop, goes after the mobsters threatening the cop's family. Frank Castle, following the execution of his family, has been killing mobsters for years as the armed vigilante The Punisher. At film's beginning, Castle storms a party thrown for a big mob boss. One member of the mob, Billy Russoti, escapes Castle's wrath, but Castle tracks him down, finds him, and throws him into a giant glass-crushing machine. Russoti is presumed dead by Castle, so he leaves the scene, only to discover that an undercover cop was killed by Castle during his raid. Castle is left torn apart by this, so he goes to visit the cop's family, trying to make things right, but he can't pull it off. Meanwhile, Russoti survives being crushed, and his face is stitched back together the best way the doctors can. Russoti kills the doctors for making his face look so awful, and he dubs himself "Jigsaw" due to the pieces of his face and how awkwardly and jaggedly they fit together. Jigsaw goes to a mental hospital and breaks out his brother, the most psychotic criminal in all of New York, called Loony Bin Jim. Castle decides, after the death of the cop, that he will no longer wage vigilante warfare, but his arms dealer, Micro, tells him that word on the street is Russoti lives, and he and Loony Bin Jim are going to go after the cop's family as punishment for him infiltrating their gang. Punisher is lucky enough to track them down with the help of the cops, before they're able to do anything to the wife and child. However, when Jigsaw and his brother are released on a plea deal after giving the police information about local terrorist cells, Castle realizes the cops aren't to be trusted to deal out justice, and he heads out to finish off Jigsaw and all his known associates once and for all.
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Best part of story, including ending:
This is one of the best vigilante movies of the last decade. It has a charismatic grizzled leading man, some beautifully dark cinematography, and incredibly gory action.
Best scene in story:
In one scene, a few criminals are leaping from rooftop to rooftop. Castle takes a missile launcher and fires it into one of them, causing him to explode.
Opinion about the main character:
Castle has one code of conduct, and in his eyes, you're either a criminal and deserve to die, or you aren't and you deserve to live. He's a complex vigilante, always interesting.